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Trenton mourns the passing of one of its favorite sons
posted April 14, 2008
Below: Paul Wayne Carpenter
COLUMN – Trenton has
lost another of its
favorite son’s this weekend with the passing of 65-year-old Wayne
Carpenter on Friday. Wayne was a true Trentonite. He was involved in
all things that are Trenton from being Chairman of the Ridge Peach
Festival for many years, the Halloween Carnival and Haunted House among
other activities, which showed Wayne’s optimism and love of Trenton.
Wayne’s contagious laugh could never be missed. I can assure you that
no one was ever in the presence of Wayne Carpenter and did not know
I count myself among those fortunate enough to have known Wayne as I
grew up in Trenton. Though much older than myself, I fondly remember
the many times Wayne, like many in his family and the family that is
Trenton, would grace our home.
I remember his active participation in the Peach Festival from its
inception. I remember the early years of the Peach Festival when all of
Trenton would pull together to cook bar-b-que in a pit next to the
Trenton Gym. Though many would grow weary well into the early morning
hours, Wayne was one that would keep even the youngest present,
including myself, awake with his jovial and booming laughter and
Wayne was a stalwart constant in an ever changing world. He never fell
into the “things are different now” mindset. To Wayne, everything was
just as bright today as it always had been and his dedication to his
family, his friends, and his town proved that to be true time and
again. In fact, more often than not things proved to be better than
expected when he had anything to do with it.
Trenton is not just another small town or some close-knit community; it
is a family. It is something that no one from the outside can
understand. It is something you have to live to understand and Wayne
was the epitome of what it meant to be among the family of Trenton.
Once again a cloud of sorrow has passed over the Town of Trenton as one
of its own is called home to serve our Lord for eternity. I know that
the hand of God will be comforting his family and those who loved Wayne
in this difficult time, just as I know the outpouring of love that
comes from being among the family that is Trenton expresses itself once
And while all of Trenton grieves the passing of one of its favorite
sons, I have no doubt things in heaven are a little different today. I
get the feeling that saying, “may God rest your soul,” would be useless
when it comes to Wayne. I can just envision Wayne already stepping up
to St. Peter saying, “Hey, I’ve got an idea, what if we…” as he
tirelessly tries to make things better for all those who surround him.
Instead let me say Godspeed, Wayne. You will be missed by all you so
richly blessed during your time on this earth and we are all the better
for have been a part of it.
Graveside Services for Paul
Wayne Carpenter will be held today at 3 pm
at the Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery in Trenton.
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